The Zwickel family, of Shenandoah, is among those who've matched the $10,000 "family challenge" that has been presented to the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation.  Zac and Amy Zwickel are shown here with sons Zayne (behind) and Seth while on a recent vacation. Read about their "match" and that of the Pat and Julie O'Hara family in a story right here.  The family challenge was launched in September, 2019, by Bob and Kathy Sweeney, and you can read that first story by clicking here. The first family to step up to match the Sweeneys' challenge were Corby and Jean Fichter, and you can read about that in this story.  By March 1, a total of 17 families  have joined the challenge, and we hope to profile them all here in coming weeks.

March 25, 2020

The Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation is now accepting applications for a part-time Executive Director to assist our Foundation’s work in overseeing of administration, programs, and strategic plan for our organization.

Below here in this story is the job description for this newly created position.

Please submit your resume and letter of application to our P.O. Box 351, Shenandoah, IA 51601.

In an earlier story, Foundation president Corby Fichter said the organization "was ve...

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March 4, 2020

As president of the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation, I’m very happy to report that, by every measure, we had our biggest year ever in 2019.

And we start 2020 – our fifth year – poised to take some major steps to enhance the educational opportunities and experience for students and alumni of the Shenandoah Community Schools.

It’s all happening because of the generous donations and pledges made by hundreds of alumni, alum-nots, former & present faculty and staff, as well as some local businesses and organizations. They understand and are inves...

March 3, 2020

The Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation announced in September, 2019, it had received a $10,000 pledge in a “family challenge” from the family of former Shenandoah High School teacher, coach and administrator Bob Sweeney and his wife Kathy Sweeney, now of Atlantic.

That challenge, if met and matched by 99 other families, would mean the foundation over the next 15 years would grow the endowment it is creating by $1 million.  That endowment will exist for the long-term support and enhancement of the Shenandoah Community Schools, plus the interest...

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Listen to our officers Corby Fichter and Star Ann Kloberdanz talk about
the foundation's 2019 success in this

interview by KMA's Brent Barnett


March 11, 2020


Corby Fichter, president of the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation, and Star Ann Kloberdanz, our secretary, were guests of Brent Barnett on the March 11 of KMA radio's "Morning Routine" show, to talk about the progress of the foundation in 2019 and what's coming up in 2020.

You can listen to that 5-minute interview by clicking right here.


COMING UP: Our second annual
“5K Run/Walk,” Memorial Day 

morning in Shenandoah

March 23, 2020


If you're going to be in Shenandoah on Memorial Day weekend,  make note on your calendars that the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation's second annual "5K Fun Run/Walk" will be held early on May 25 (Memorial Day morning), probably on the campus at Shenandoah High School. 


The race, which is designed for all ages, will start at 8 a.m.  All proceeds go to the education foundation. The ls will be announced here soon.
















A bench outside Shenandoah High School.



Thanks to the SHS Class of 1969 for

a thoughtful donation after their
50-year reunion last fall

November 11, 2019

After the Shenandoah High School Class of 1969 gathered during the recent "Shenfest" celebration, the class made a $134 donation to the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation.

"We appreciate the foundation's mission and also the hard work the members contribute to accomplish it," wrote Linda Chesshire Haldane, a Class of '69 spokesperson.




What a year 2019 was for the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation! A $250,000 donation, 17 pledges of $10,000 each in ly Challenge,” a partnership with the Jay Trust Fund,
and more good news! 

© 2017 Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation.  

P.O. Box 351, Shenandoah IA 51601

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